The Dragon Eye (longane) is named that way because when it is peeled, the seed can be seen through the translucent flesh resembling a pupil and an iris. The fruit when fully ripened has a bark-like shell, thin, and firm, making the fruit easy to peel by squeezing the pulp out. The seed is small, round, hard as well as inedible. The Dragon Eye (longane) is believed to have originated in the mountain range in between Myanmar and southern China. Some of its earliest records go all the way back to the Han dynasty in 200 BC.
The fruit is nootropic in nature. Meaning that the fruit extract can help improve cognitive capabilities
•Boost Skin Health
The Dragon Eye (longane) fruit is packed with vitamin C and has been shown to reverse signs ageing. It helps improve pigmentation, fine lines as well as wrinkles.
•Improve quality of sleep
Due to its anxiolytic activity, it can help remedy to insomnia and sleeplessness. The fruit’s extracts lower stress and anxiety. Resulting in better sleep.
The fruit has shown anti-microbial properties. Therefore, this helps the defence of the immune system. In addition, it is filled with vitamin C, which is well known for its antioxidant properties.
Research suggest that the Dragon Eye (longane) contains anti-inflammatory properties. The fruit contains ellagic acid, epicatechin, and gallic acid, which are great at relieving inflammation.
Ways of preserving Dragon Eye
The best way to keep Dragon Eye (longane) fresh is to keep them refrigerated. Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag or container that is slightly open. The small opening will help to reduce mold and condensation. The peel may harden a bit, but this will not affect the flavor of the flesh inside. The fruit will keep for up to two weeks this way. Do not keep them outside for long periods.